Perhaps the most popular trek in Nepal after the Classic Everest Base Camp trek, the Annapurna Round trek offers as much of a cultural insight into the Himalayan way of life than the rewards of a full-fledged high-mountain trek. Since the area first opened to outside visitors in the 1970s, it has since then become the world’s most famous trekking destination, welcoming each year mountain lovers from all around the globe.
The Annapurna round trek stretches over a period of 10 days and crosses the mighty Thorong La pass (5412m), the highest altitude
you will encounter. Starting in green hill country, with its picturesque villages and terraced fields, you will gradually
walk up to more desert-like high altitude landscapes with
typical Tibetan villages whose prayer flags, mani-walls and monasteries are constant reminders of the thriving Buddhist culture they belong to. Some of the highlights of this trek will include visiting the ancient temples of Manang and Muktinath, marveling at the 360 degrees panorama of peaks from the Thorong La pass, and a well-deserved dip in the natural hot springs of Tatopani at the end of the trek.
Before and after the trek, Namkha has also arranged a brief cultural tour of the cultural centers of the Kathmandu and Pokhara valleys, so that you may marvel at the diversity and
rich cultural heritage of Nepal.
21 Days/20 Nights Trekking Tour (9 days on trek)
ANNAPURNA ROUND TREK
Twin sharing accommodation in government approved hotels
All meals (except dinners in Kathmandu)
All trekking equipment
All transport within Nepal
All international airfare
Any expenses of personal nature
Personal Medical Insurance
Airport Taxes (if applicable)
Tips to local staff
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
The best seasons to visit Nepal are Spring and Autumn. During the months of March till May, the country enjoys beautiful days and moderately cold nights. Flowers are in full bloom and it is a perfect time to go trekking in the Annapurna and Everest regions. The months of September till the end of November are equally sunbathed. The autumn light is particularly clear compared to the Spring and offers a photographer’s paradise.
Although the weather can be cold in the winter, with snow in upper valleys, the winter months can prove to be the best time for a cultural tour of Nepal with the Kathmandu and Pokhara valleys enjoying mild weather. If you plan to visit the southern Terai plains in Chitwan or Lumbini for example, then winter will be an ideal time to go.
Summer corresponds to the monsoon season in Nepal. Although the days are often cloudy and rainy, summer provides an excellent opportunity to see the exceptional fauna and flora of the country in full bloom. For exceptionally high altitude trekking such as Upper Mustang, summer is the only season possible. Adding to this, as Spring and Autumn can often be a little crowded with tourists, Winter and Summer can provide a much more peaceful and exclusive journey.
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE:
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu – visit of Swayambhunath
Day 2: Visit of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath
Day 3: Visit of Patan and Baktapur
Day 4: Drive to Pokhara
Day 5: Visit of Pokhara
Day 6: Drive to Syange
Day 7: On trek - Syange to Chamje (5/6 hours)
Day 8: On trek - Chamje to Bagarchap (5 hours)
Day 9: On trek - Bagarchap to Chame (5 hours)
Day 10: On trek - Chame to Pisang (4/5 hours)
Day 11: On trek - Pisang to Manang (3/4 hours)
Day 12: On trek - rest and acclimatization in Manang
Day 13: On trek - Manang to Yak Kharka (5 hours)
Day 14: On trek - Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (3/4 hours)
Day 15: On trek - Thorung Phedi to Muktinath via Thorung La (7 hours)
Day 16: Drive to Tatopani hot springs
Day 17: Drive to Pokhara
Day 18: Rest in Pokhara
Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 20: Last day visit of Kathmandu
Day 21: exit to onward destination
NUMBER OF PASSES ON TREK: 1
Thorung La Pass (5412 mts/17755 ft)